February means the second month of the year.(noun)
An example of February is the month that comes after January.
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Origin: ME Februarie < L Februarius (mensis), orig. month of expiation < februa, Rom. festival of purification held Feb. 15, pl. of februum, means of purification, prob. < IE *dhwes-, to stir up, blow, eddy > deer, dizzy
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noun pl. Feb·ru·ar·ies Abbr. Feb.
Origin: Middle English Februarie
Origin: , from Latin Februārius (mēnsis), (month) of purification
Origin: , from februa, expiatory offerings
Origin: , possibly of Sabine origin. Usage Note: Although the variant pronunciation (fĕbˈyo͞o-ĕrˌē) is often censured because it doesn't reflect the spelling of the word, it is quite common in educated speech and is generally considered acceptable. The loss of the first r in this pronunciation can be accounted for by the phonological process known as dissimilation, by which similar sounds in a word tend to become less similar. In the case of February, the loss of the first r is also owing to the influence of January, which has only one r.
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